Over 600 elementary and secondary schools in North Macedonia are starting the new school year on Thursday with in-person learning and strict health protocols in place. In most of the schools, students up to third grade will follow in-person instruction, while the rest will study online at home.
Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Education Minister Mila Carovska visited the Skopje-based elementary school “Jan Amos Komenski” in the Karposh municipality on Thursday, extending good wishes and messages for a successful 2020/2021 school year ahead.
PM Zaev said he was convinced that “Jan Amos Komenski” as well as all other schools are ready for the new school year and have in place all measures and protocols for in-person learning.
“This is a special day that children, first-graders will remember for the rest of their lives. However, this school year is unlike any other before. Due to the coronavirus, measures will be implemented in schools to protect the health of children and teachers. Let us show solidarity and understanding throughout this entire process,” Zaev urged.
If we all follow the measures, he added, it will be much easier to fight off the challenges of this school year and make sure it’s the first and last one of its kind.
As regards the online learning platform, the PM said it was tested to detect and remove all its weaknesses, and to overcome all challenges.
He pointed out this was the first time such a robust online system was established in the country, and efforts will be stepped up to overcome all possible issues and optimize the service of the platform. “We’re all in this together, and all cooperation and support by parents, teachers and students is welcomed,” Zaev said.